Posted on November 08, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
A Norwegian Navy frigate collided with an oil tanker at approximately 3:00 UTC on November the 8th.
The incident occurred in the North Sea, north of Bergen, Norway.
The Norwegian Navy vessel, KMS Helge Ingstad, was returning from NATO’s Trident Juncture military exercise, when it collided with the Maltese-flagged, Greek-owned, Sola TS, Aframax class vessel, which had just left Equinor’s Sture oil shipment terminal carrying a cargo of crude oil.
No major injuries were reported as a result of the collision with only a small number of the frigate crew receiving minor injuries.
The frigate itself however was severely damaged during the accident and has been taking on water since. The 137 members of crew of the frigate had to be evacuated, and the frigate itself has been taken to shallow waters as to avoid sinking.
The tanker itself is currently returning to port for inspection but hasn’t sustained any significant damage in the process, and its crew of 23 hasn’t reported any injuries.
In the meantime, the Sture oil export terminal has been shut down as a precautionary measure.
According to Equinor, it is unclear for how long the terminal will remain closed.